Restaurant evacuated after bomb threat Tuesday

A Grand Haven restaurant was evacuated Tuesday morning after the owner received an anonymous threat.
Becky Vargo
Jan 2, 2013

The building was searched, but nothing was found, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Someone called Jeanne’s Café, 949 Robbins Road, at about 9:50 a.m. and said there was a bomb in the building, Freeman said. The owner immediately called 911 and police evacuated the building.

“He said ‘You need to leave, there’s a bomb,’ or ‘There’s a bomb, you need to leave,” said restaurant owner Jeanne Welling who took the call. “Then he just hung up.”

Welling said she was very upset and wasn’t sure exactly the way the statement was made.

She said she asked, “Do I take this seriously,” when a couple of restaurant patrons coming in the door said “Absolutely.”

Welling said she immediately called 911.

Police were on the scene within a minute or two and evacuated the building, the owner said.

“There were maybe nine people here,” Welling said. “Usually on New Year’s Day people come in a little later.”

Welling said she sent her staff home, and then went across the street to wait.

“We just turned everything off and left the building,” she said.

“They roped off the block,” Welling said. “They brought in a bomb-sniffing dog.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department was called to assist with their K9 explosives team, Freeman said. “A search of the building was conducted and no explosives located.”

Robbins Road was closed from Ferry Street to U.S. 31 until about 11:15 a.m.

Welling said she was still very upset this morning.

“I work very hard at this business,” she said. “I don’t know why anyone would do something like this.

Welling said they reopened the restaurant just before noon.

Comments

Walking Alive

Jeanne's is the best place in town to have breakfast, hands down. No other place even comes close to the food & service you get here. Jeanne is the best hostess, always friendly.
Maybe this was a disgruntled ex-employee. ex-spouse, or even competitor placing this phony call? Whoever it was should be real proud of themselves and will be bragging soon. Please turn this absolute moron in when they do brag, as this is not funny at all, it is very serious.

rukidding

With the electronic identification that is available today, I find it extremely sad that they can't place a finger on the idiot that made this call. It used to be that if you didn't hang up the phone, a call could be traced, even if the caller put in a code attempting to block it. If Jeanne would have left the line open, called the police from a cell phone, I think it is possible to have identified where the call came from. Any phone company representatives or police officers around that can update us on how to deal with brain dead idiots with phones would be appreciated. This is so costly, not only emotionally, but the real costs of labor, lost business, etc. is something that a hard working entrepreneur shouldn't have to deal with.

MeanSmith

Give me a break 007...

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